Hungry Girl: My (Guilt-Free!) Valentine’s Day Dessert for Two

02/11/2016 at 02:59 PM ET

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Courtesy Lisa Lillien

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Honesty time, Valentine’s Day can turn into a high-pressure situation – gifts, flowers, chocolates, a romantic home-cooked dinner. And no special dinner-for-two is complete without dessert!

However, nobody wants to say to their sweetie, “OK, you sit tight, I’m gonna go make dessert. Back in an hour!” That’s why this recipe is perfect! Just cook two little cakes in the microwave in minutes, and then you’re back to quality time. Even better? This dessert won’t leave you uncomfortably full at the end of the meal. It’s as light as it is delicious!

P.S. If you’re single and spending the evening with a gal pal, this dessert works for that, too.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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Hungry Girl’s Pineapple Upside-Down Mug Cakes
Serves: 2

2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 pineapple rings packed in juice, drained
2 maraschino cherries
¼ cup + 2 tbsp. moist-style yellow cake mix
2 tbsp. egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt
¼ tsp. baking powder

1. Spray two microwave-safe mugs with nonstick spray. Place butter in one mug, and microwave for 10 seconds, or until melted. Add brown sugar and mix well.

2. Divide butter mixture between the mugs, evenly coating the bottoms. Blot pineapple rings and cherries to remove any excess moisture. Lay a ring in each mug, and place a cherry in the center.

3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add ¼ cup water, and whisk until uniform.

4. Evenly distribute cake mixture between the two mugs. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until set. Immediately run a knife along the edges of each mug to help separate the cake from the mug.

5. Firmly place a plate over each mug, and carefully flip so that the plate is on the bottom. Gently shake mug to release cake. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

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Prep time: 10 minutes, plus cooling
Cook time: 5 minutes

½ of recipe (1 cake): 201 calories, 3g total fat (1g sat fat), 343mg sodium, 39g carbs, 1g fiber, 26g sugars, 4g protein

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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